Fresh snow wreaks more travel chaos in France

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Snow and ice in France on Thursday forced hundreds of drivers to abandon their cars, caused major disruption to flights at Paris airports and shut down half of Eurostar trains to London.

One in five high speed TGV trains from the capital to the Riviera were also cancelled as the cold snap sweeping Europe continued to wreak havoc.

A quarter of all flights were cancelled at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and 10 percent were cancelled at Paris Orly, officials said.

About half of Eurostar train services between Paris and London, and London and Brussels, were cancelled on Thursday because of bad weather, a spokeswoman said.

Poor weather conditions also led to a reduced service on the trains that transport cars through the tunnel under the English Channel.

In Lamballe in the northwestern region of Brittany 500 people were put up for the night in camp beds in a local hall and in a school after they were stranded by ice and snow in their cars.

Hundreds of trucks were blocked by snow and ice in Brittany and neighbouring Normandy, the two regions hardest hit by the cold snap.

© 2010 AFP

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